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EDCTP Forum Discusses Health Technologies

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: European and African countries meet to advance health technology development for poverty-related diseases In an interview, Anne Hradský, advocacy coordinator for global health research and development at Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung, discusses the focus of this year’s European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnerships (EDCTP) Forum…

DfID’s Nutrition Programs Could Improve, Better Engage Private Sector, Report Says

The Guardian: Food for thought: undernutrition policy could be better, says U.K. aid watchdog “Britain has played a key role in galvanizing international attention towards the problem of undernutrition, but the government needs to target its policies on those most in need and better engage the private sector in its…

U.K. PM Cameron Launches Initiative To Develop New Antibiotics

News outlets discuss the launch of a new initiative by British Prime Minister David Cameron to develop a new generation of antibiotics. Agence France-Presse: Britain launching global superbug fight “Britain is to lead a global effort to combat antibiotic-resistant superbugs that threaten to knock medicine ‘back into the dark ages,’…

Aid Delivery In Syria Slows Due To Anti-Terrorism Laws, U.N. Official Says

BBC News: Anti-terrorism laws ‘hinder aid operations’ “Anti-terrorism laws around the world are preventing aid agencies reaching people in desperate need, the U.N. humanitarian chief has warned. Valerie Amos said more people would die in Syria because charities feared prosecution if they worked in areas controlled by the jihadist group…

U.K.’s Short-Term Approach To Aid Evaluation Criticized By Some, Devex Reports

Devex: Global health expert to DfID: Do away with short-term fixes “The U.K. Department for International Development has been focusing on results in its projects as a means to ensure value for money for every pound spent — but by taking this more short-term approach, some argue the British aid…

U.K. PM Cameron To Launch World’s Largest Dementia, Brain Disorders Study

Financial Times: David Cameron launches world’s biggest dementia study “The world’s biggest study of dementia will be unveiled by David Cameron on Thursday as part of a push worth more than £100 million [$136 million] to accelerate research into Alzheimer’s and other brain disorders…” (Ward, 6/18).

DfID Testing Long-Term Humanitarian Funding Scheme In Yemen

Devex: Yemen: DfID’s test case for multiyear humanitarian programming “Long-term planning of humanitarian assistance piloted by the U.K. Department for International Development in Yemen could be ‘transformational’ according to those behind the shift in approach — but amid constrained budgets, the new strategy will first need to prove its worth…”…

Global Summit To End Sexual Violence In Conflict Set To Begin In London

News outlets report on the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, taking place this week in London. The Guardian: How do we end sexual violence in conflict? — interactive “This week, more than 150 ministers from across the world will converge on London for a summit on ending…

BRICS Can Advance Efforts To Eliminate NTDs, Paper Says

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect”: BRICS in the Response to Neglected Tropical Diseases Alex Gordon, communications associate for the Global Network and the Sabin Vaccine Institute, discusses a paper (.pdf) published in the WHO Bulletin titled, “BRICS in the response to neglected tropical diseases.” The paper…

New Online Magazine Hopes To Keep Aid Industry Accountable

Humanosphere: New online magazine DevBalls holds aid industry to account Development blogger Tom Murphy discusses the release of a new online magazine, DevBalls, written by those in the aid industry and according to its mission statement, “is here because aid can only become better when its absurdities and hypocrisies are…